The raccoon lay stunned after it fell out of the parking garage gate on McFarland Street.
City Building Commission employee Susan Johnson tried to cover the stunned raccoon with a blanket.
Once the raccoon started moving, Johnson used a shovel to keep it from heading into the upper levels of the garage.
After trying to get into some offices in the garage, the raccoon headed out of the garage and across Dickinson Street.
A raccoon got a rude awakening Wednesday morning at the city of Charleston's parking garage on McFarland Street. The animal was apparently sleeping in the gate over the garage entrance and was stunned when it hit the ground.
Workers in the garage tried to get various agencies to come and deal with the raccoon, but the animal got up and walked away of its own accord.